There are few charitable causes that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says no to. Or for which he seeks publicity.
Cashman hosted the Westhill softball team when it was eliminated from the state tournament due to a ruling that took place off the field. Three seasons ago he hosted a day at Yankee Stadium for the family of Justin Nemchek. Cashman had read about Nemchek, a huge Yankees fan who was due to undergo serious surgery, in The Advocate.
And everyone knows about what is becoming Cashman’s annual rappeling trip down the Landmark Building each holiday season as part of Stamford’s Heights & Lights festivities.
So it came as no surprise Friday afternoon when word came out on Twitter that on Monday, the fun-loving Cashman was going to jump out of a plane. Of course, this is more than Cashman solely taking the next step up in class of daredevil-ism.
Cashman will be jumping in Miami with the Golden Knights, the U.S. Army’s parachute team. Cashman is participating to help raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.
“It is an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” Cashman said in a telephone interview from Florida, where he is with the Yankees for spring training. “It’s really exciting.”
Asked if he had any experience for his latest endeavor, Cashman said, “It’s a leap of faith. I’ve got trust in our armed forces.”
Cashman said he only wanted to stress one thing about his endeavor: “Make sure people go to woundedwarriorproject.org.”